Do you have a headache and feel exhausted every morning when you get up? Are you told that you snore loudly? If you answered “yes” to these questions, get evaluated for sleep apnea. This is a serious condition, so you must look for treatment immediately.
If you have inherently narrow airway that are causing sleep apnea, a mouth guard can help. These mouth guards correct airways and facilitate breathing. Speak with your doctor to learn more, and get yourself fitted for a mouth guard if you think it will help.
Get a checkup regularly and act upon your doctor’s suggestions. Besides excess weight, you could be suffering from health issues such as heart disease and hypertension, which can greatly increase your chance of suffering from sleep apnea. Even problems with blood sugar can make sleeping a miserable experience for apnea sufferers.
Always get enough sleep. When you fail to get a decent amount of sleep on a regular basis or fail to follow a normal sleeping pattern. Insomnia and sleep apnea go hand in hand. So, when you can successfully sleep regularly, your symptoms are less pronounced because you are well rested.
Inform a friend or family member of your condition. Sleep apnea can be life threatening. It can also cause complications when combined with other conditions. Inform those around you of your sleep apnea. If the worst occurs, they will be able to pass this information along to a medical professional during an emergency.
If you have to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, you may find it hard to get used to at first. It is important that you do not quit using the machine, though. Focus on the benefits of the machine rather than the inconvenience. It will make life safer for yourself and others. Daytime sleepiness caused by sleep apnea is a major risk factor for car accidents, for instance.
You will find it easier to go to sleep and remain asleep if you follow a schedule. Go to bed at the same time, follow a bedtime routine if it helps you relax and get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Create the ideal environment for you to sleep in.
Weight loss can make a huge difference in sleep apnea symptoms. Sleep apnea is far more frequent in obese individuals with bigger necks. When you lose weight it takes a lot of the pressure off of your airways and allows you to breathe more easily when you sleep.
Even though you want to sleep better, do not take sleeping medication if you suffer from, or have a history of sleep apnea. What you may think will help will only make the condition worse by relaxing your muscles even more when you sleep. If you suffer from insomnia along with sleep apnea, speak with your doctor.
While sleep apnea can be a serious condition that can cause many health problems, the good news is that it is quite treatable. What you have learned from this article should help you get the relief you need. If this advice did not relieve your sleep apnea, talk with your doctor about other options.